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MIS203 - Making Sense of Information


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MIS102
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Emilia Bellucci

For students commencing courses M300, M307, D301, D313, D317, D321, D322, D325, D338, D366 or D388 from T1 2016: MIS171

For students in any other course: Nil

Incompatible with: MIS102
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

11 x 2 hour class (recordings provided) + 3 X 1 hour online seminar


Our world is now a world of information. On the one hand this makes many things easier, fun or even possible but on the other it can cause us to be overloaded with information and distracted by our constant connections. In this unit we look at how we might manage better and use information and connections in business, at work and in everyday life.

The unit begins by considering the changes that the digital world has made to our lives and how we live in a world immersed in information and social media. We then look at how we can search and analyse information and utilise social media for business, learning and collaboration. We then look at how information can be used to assist people but also to monitor and manage people at work and at home. Finally, we consider how to use ICT in a more secure manner.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of the Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Demonstrate understanding of sound information management principles. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
ULO2 Analyse and synthesis information from multiple sources and to report findings. GLO3: Digital literacy
ULO3 Identify the business value of information in personal management of information and decision making. GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO4 Appraise the role and sources of information in everyday life. GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) – Case study 2000 words 40% Week 8
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Reflective exercise 1000 words or equivalent 20% Week 10
Examination 2 hours 40% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of marks available on the examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MIS203 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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